Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 28: Restaurant Day!

Home late. "Foodies" class tonight + one bottle of wine with Chef T and another volunteer.

Today was our first "Restaurant Day". One of the reasons, I picked the school I did, is because it doesn't have a restaurant. Too many complaints on the Internet about spending so much time setting tables, waiting tables and clearing tables. At our school, we eat everything we produce, which gives us a good indication of where we went wrong, or where we could improve.

My partner and I prepared the "mise en place" for four seperate dishes, slaws, marinades, sauces, salads - all of it. Then, one of the Chefs called out a stove number and two dishes, my partner and I had to prepare our dishes, have them ready at the same time, and present them to the Chefs, who picked over them. While this was happening more dishes were being called. Of the 8 dishes we made today, only one was sent back. It was my fault, I forgot to toss the salad in the dressing! (Oops!) Regardless, we got top marks and were first to receive second orders and first to finish. Whew!

All the dishes that passed inspection were set on this table, 
over 100 dishes were made in 35 minutes!

All the dishes involved some sort of seafood.



Tuna... and a lobster salad up top which
 I didn't get a picture of!

Afterwards Chef T went through an critiqued where we went wrong, and also pointed out which people really got it right. A very positive, empowering feeling!

Then we ate it all. Bon appetit!


  1. I like critiques. That sounds like a productive day.

  2. Rene, you are making me really hungry. It all looks soooo good (except for the fish heads)

  3. Thanks Ken!

    Although the meal you made for us in the Egyptian Villa that Christmas still stands out as special in my mind. It's still the spirit and intent in which the food is prepared and the company it's eaten with that makes it special!

  4. Beautiful presentation of those dishes, as well. I especially began to drool upon eyeballing the scallop........

  5. ps....U forgot to "toss the salad"? Boy, if I had a dirty mind, that would be really funny;)))